(Rajyashree Guha, May 6)
Several British Indian doctors are virtually supporting their overworked Indian counterparts through telemedicine technology. The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), which has already raised £108,000 pounds in crowdfunding for India’s Covid-19 efforts, has started providing teleconsultation to hospitals in Nagpur. BAPIO aims to get 1,000 doctors on board to check CT scan reports and conduct virtual ward rounds to check in on less serious patients at Indian hospitals, besides providing consultations for patients at home. It has the UK General Medicine Council’s go-ahead and is also working with the Indian High Commission in London and several National Health Service organisations to widen its reach. The British International Doctors Association and the Doctors Association UK – both count many Indian-origin medics as members – are also taking part in telemedicine efforts.